Become a Georgia Master Naturalist!

The Georgia Master Naturalist Program is an adult environmental education program of the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. The program consists of a series of weekly field trips with specific environmental topics. The field trips combine lectures and hands-on learning that serve to connect people with local habitats and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Travel to different locations and hear from field experts.

Phinizy Center hosted its first Georgia Master Naturalist course in Spring 2013 with a full class of 25 participants. From exploring Heggie’s Rock Preserve while learning about geology and succession, to studying longleaf pine habitats and forestry practices at Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, to kayaking down the Augusta Canal, it was a highly successful 10 weeks which was immensely enjoyed by all. We try to mimic these experiences each year, bringing in fresh ideas and faces along the way.

Georgia Master Naturalist Program

Spring 2021

Due to COVID-19, this year’s class is limited in size. All spots are already full.

To be added to this year’s waitlist or the list for 2022, please email


Join Phinizy Center staff and invited field trip leaders as we offer a Georgia Master Naturalist program through a 10-week series. There is an introductory kickoff meeting on Wednesday, March 4th from 4 to 7 pm at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Field trips get started the following Thursday, March 5th. The field trips include a lunch break and begin between 8 and 9 am and run until 3 or 4 pm. The final session is on May 14th from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be no class on April 9th. Participants are required to complete 48 hours. Field trips include an introduction to local habitats such as swamps, lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, urban landscapes, and the issues affecting them. Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering with local schools and environmental education centers.

Registration fees include all field trip fees, GA Master Naturalist registration fees, journaling supplies, and other related materials.

Download the 2020 Brochure

If you are having trouble registering, please call the education office at 706-796-7707.



March 4 (Wednesday)
Program Introduction
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 5
Wetlands & Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 12
Silver Bluff Audobon Sanctuary

March 19
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 26
Geology & Lichens
TNC’s Heggie’s Rock

April 2
Botanical Hike & Dam Tour
Steven’s Creek & Thurmond Lake

April 16
Field Ornithology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

April 23
Stream Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

April 30
Urban Water Cycle
Augusta’s Hicks & Messerly Plants

May 7
Urban Waterways
Augusta Canal

May 14
Program Wrap Up & Certificates
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park